Navigation Courses – Significant Outside Expertise


Navigation Courses

Navigation Courses. Now we are heading into winter it offers us extra time to concentrate on our Navigation and Map reading events as we have a tendency to commit a bit much less time in the woods and in our canoes this time of year. More than the subsequent couple of months we will be operating our frequent Navigation and map reading expertise course  along with night  navigaton events and our new NNAS accredited courses.

The NNAS courses are private functionality awards in which you can get a Bronze, Silver or Gold level award. We aim to run two of every award by way of out the calendar year of 2020. If you have heard of the NNAS awards but want to know extra then right here is the Itinary for every Level


  • Navigate employing a range of maps and scales.
  • Use four and six figure grid references with worded descriptions to define the position of a map function and to find a function on the ground.
  • Orientate the map employing handrails, clear point characteristics and big landforms.
  • Use linear characteristics (e.g. paths, tracks, clear boundaries) as handrails in basic navigation workouts.
  • Relate prominent landforms such as big hills and valleys to corresponding contour details on the map.
  • Orientate the map by aligning a compass needle against grid north and be conscious that magnetic variation causes an inaccuracy.
  • Use an orientated map to confirm the path of travel.
  • Use clearly identifiable characteristics to confirm position along the route and to recognise when the target has been overshot.
  • Measure horizontal distance on the map and estimate distance on the ground employing timing, pacing and basic visual judgements e.g.100m.
  • Program and implement basic routes and navigation tactics primarily based on the above expertise.
  • Recognise a navigation error inside a couple of minutes and apply basic relocation approaches employing handrails and prominent characteristics.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of nearby and national access troubles, access legislation, private responsibilities and the Countryside Code.
  • Demonstrate acceptable expertise of walking gear, security gear and emergency procedures.


  • Utilise the expertise and approaches of the Bronze Award in the context of Silver Award navigation tactics.
  • Relate little hills, little valleys, prominent re-entrants and prominent spurs to their corresponding map contours. Use prominent hills, ridges, spurs and valleys as a indicates of navigation in great visibility.
  • Use landforms and point characteristics to orientate the map and as collecting and catching characteristics.
  • Use a compass to: Accurately adhere to a bearing aim off verify the path of handrails and other linear characteristics.
  • Deviate briefly from a compass bearing to stay away from obstacles or tricky terrain and accurately regain the original line.
  • Use back bearings to verify route following accuracy.
  • Measure distance on the ground in varied, open terrain employing timing and pacing and make sensible allowances for any discrepancies.
  • Simplify legs employing coarse navigation, attack points and fine navigation.
  • Recognise hazardous or tricky terrain on map and ground.
  • Program and implement navigational tactics primarily based on the above expertise.
  • Retain route getting accuracy in poor visibility or darkness.
  • Recognise a navigation error inside a couple of minutes and apply acceptable relocation approaches.
  • Have an understanding of how private fitness and nature of terrain impact route selection each at the arranging stage and on the ground.
  • Have an understanding of the prospective consequences of fatigue and physical discomfort in demanding terrain and/or intense climate situations.
  • Pick acceptable clothes, gear and very first help things for walking in open nation in all climate situations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Countryside Code, present access legislation and the environmental effect of walkers on the countryside.
  • Have an understanding of the responsibilities of walkers towards other countryside interests such as farming, forestry and conservation.


  • Utilise the expertise and approaches of the Bronze and Silver Awards in the context of Gold National Navigation Award navigation tactics.
  • Utilise contours and fine detail as the prime system of navigation.
  • Accurately: Comply with a route, judge distance, verify progress against time, use relevant compass expertise and sustain continuous map speak to.
  • Use back bearings and transits to confirm the present position.
  • Use aspect of slope as an help to relocation.
  • Pick acceptable approaches inside an all round navigation technique.
  • Navigate in intricate terrain in lowered visibility i.e. mist or darkness.
  • Pick an acceptable, protected route in relation to height get and loss, hazardous terrain and other big hazards.
  • Assess the route ahead in the field in relation to prevailing situations or altering situations (e.g. climate, time, daylight, capacity/fitness) and re-program the route appropriately if important.
  • Shorten a route, use an escape route and know emergency procedures.
  • Recognise the occurrence of a navigational error inside a couple of minutes and apply acceptable relocation approaches.
  • Pick acceptable clothes, gear and very first help for walking in remote places in all climate situations.
  • Have an understanding of the physical demands designed by hill and moorland terrain in all climate situations.
  • Have an understanding of the effects of cold, heat, fatigue and discomfort on choice generating and execution of a chosen route.

Our navigation events will mostly take location on Dartmoor, so if your interested in finding out some new expertise, taking up a new hobby or want to strengthen your Navigation knowlege then get in touch with us on [email protected] or get in touch with on 07730278108


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